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HER Number:MDV5921
Name:Possible cairn east of Bellever

Summary

Unconfirmed; there is no ground evidence to suggest the presence of the cairn noted by Worth. The feature described by Grinsell is probably the robbed hut circle. 1976 reports states it was destroyed through road building.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 649 782
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW65
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442700
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/54

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN? (Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1891, The Ancient Metropolis of Dartmoor, 313 (Article in Serial). SDV245176.

Worth, R. H., 1936, 55th Report on Barrows, 50 (Article in Serial). SDV357808.

Remains of a 30ft diameter cairn at lat 50o 35' 16 1/2", long 3o 54' 27" (SX 64997826). "It is now distinctly less prominent than it was in 1891".

Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association, 1976, Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party, no.13. Site no.2a (Report - non-specific). SDV248248.

Cairn. Included in 1955 Spooner/Dixon report: (Lakehead Bellever Laughter), site no.13. Site no.2a in Bellever plantation, Lakehead (with sketch map) in DNP field report.
(1976) Now only a ruin, damaged in the construction of the Bellever to Postbridge road.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 149 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(15/05/1976) Cairn east of road between Postbridge and Bellever. Diameter 9.0m, height 0.2m. Truncated cairn or ring cairn.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX67NW65 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV247254.

(11/12/1979) No cairn could be identified in the area indicated by Worth, an east slope of rough pasture. There are a number of widely spread shallow pits and amorphous rises or mounds, but these seem to have resulted from surface quarrying.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on RAF 1951 aerial photograph.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(04/11/1993) There is no ground evidence to suggest the presence of the cairn noted by Worth. The feature described by Grinsell (1978, 149) is probably the nearby robbed hut circle SX 67 NW 70.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV245176Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1891. The Ancient Metropolis of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 23. 313.
SDV247254Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX67NW65. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV248248Report - non-specific: Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association. 1976. Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. A4 Bound. no.13. Site no.2a.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 149.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. S. Probert.
SDV357808Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1936. 55th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 68. Unknown. 50.

Associated Monuments

MDV5922Related to: Hut circle east of Bellever (Monument)
MDV5922Related to: Hut circle east of Bellever (Monument)
MDV5922Related to: Hut circle east of Bellever (Monument)
MDV5922Related to: Hut circle east of Bellever (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 2 2022 4:40PM